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    Tarp on DIY stand help.

    I built a stand like this and when I put a tarp line up it goes limp when I sit in the hammock. Anyone know a way to add a tarp to one of these?

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    The tarp will sag because of the way those stands are made. The best way to prevent your tarp from sagging is to reinforce the uprights with cable.

    Run cable from the anchor points on your uprights to the legs to create backward tension on each upright. Then you can put up a ridgeline on your stand and it won't sag.

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    Maybe some heavy duty shock cord to take up the slack?

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    As you put weight in the hammock, the ends of your stand flex and are pulled in towards you, this causes the loss of tension in your tarp.

    You will need to either beef up the stand to the point it doesn't flex under load anymore, or add a ridge pole between the ends of the stand to prevent the flexing. You might also be able to guy out the ends of the stand with some low stretch cordage and generously sized stakes.

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    Maybe try rubber/bungee tie downs (the ones you keep in a pickup truck) to hang your tarp, instead of cordage. I would think this would allow the tarp to self-tension- since the frame is flexing upon load. Just screw an eye hook into each end of your stand, and voila!

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    I used shock cord on each end of the tarp line and staked out both ends of my stand with a screw-in anchor for each line. Might be a bit overdone, but it worked great. Here's a picture of my set up..
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    Another option is to hang your tarp separately on its own poles.
    Extendable broomsticks are handy.
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    As long as the tarp is fixed to the poles holding the hammock, there is always going to be some sag as soon as the hammock is weighted. I don't think it's avoidable. I have a Handy Hammock stand and had the same problem (actually also with the hammock ridgeline), that's why I used separate tarp poles. But I haven been planning to try if this modification eliminates the tarp sag but let's me attach to the hammock poles nonetheless: my HH stand's poles have end caps with a hole. If I run the tarp ridgeline through the holes and stake out the ridgeline ends with tent pegs, the ridgeline is not fixed to the flexing poles. It's only held up. The ridgeline is tightened only by the stakes, and it should be able to move through the cap holes as soon as the poles start flexing. I haven't tried it, yet, so I don't know if it works as I would like it to work.

    Of course you can add shock cord to the tarp ridgeline, but it would need to be really strong. I used a hammock ridgeline made from shock cord to deal with the sag of the mosquito net while using the HH stand, and it had way too much stretch.

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    1/8" shock cord did the trick, but I think I'm going to add the anchor as well. Thanks!
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